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Archive for February, 2009

Here’s to Sustainability! »

“Sustainability” is a hot word right now- especially at Willamette. Out of 1068 colleges and universities participating in a survey by the National Wildlife Federation, Willamette was recognized as the most dedicated to sustainability. So we thought we extend the question “What does sustainability look like to you?” to our international friends. In this issue, […]

Promoting Sustainability in Developing Countries »

“When you are poor, environmental conservation is a luxury that you cannot afford,” David Woollcombe – Peace Child International

Sustainability in Morocco »

Like many countries in the world, Morocco also faces a serious environmental damage. Morocco suffers from huge natural resources scarcity especially for water and land. Recently, industrialization and urbanization have been creating serious issues as well.

The Environmental Conditions in Czech »

Czech Republic has been following the trends, moving toward a cleaner environment and sustainable industry practices. Things are moving, although there is still a lot to be done. I grew up in an environmentally undamaged area so my view is that of “things are good.”

Sustainability in Germany »

Germany prides itself of being a green country and claims international pioneer positions in environmental policy. A key element of the Red-Green coalition (Social Democrats and the Green Party), major changes have been brought about with the help of vice chancellor and foreign minister Joschka Fischer between 1998 and 2005, especially with regard to the […]

Sustainability- The New Way for Japanese to be Competitive in the World Economic Market »

Sustainability is such an important topic for Japan since Japan is a country which does not have many resources. Recycling, producing efficiently, and environmental production, are ecological contexts have been popularized over the past 10 years and Japanese have a high interest in sustainability.

Développement Durable en France »

There are many things that can be said about sustainability. Over the past few years, I think people in France have become more and more aware of the problems generated by the negative impact of non-recyclable items which jeopardize sustainable development. I think this feeling is shared in many countries in Europe. People get involved […]

No oil, No coal, No problem »

To a country that is numbered 7 on the list of top 20 oil reserve states according to the CIA world factbook, “sustainability,” the fancy word entering the global vocabulary list, shouldn’t ring a bell just yet. As Eugene Kozlovski, a professor of the Optimization Department in the National Institute of Geological Research of Russia […]

Valentine’s: Letter From the Editor »

Valentine’s Day in the U.S. is a very commercialized romantic holiday in which couples or friends often exchange, gifts, chocolates, flowers and cards. Generally it seems to be a recent phenomenon abroad, with the spread of all things American. In this issue, we learn about how this holiday is celebrated around the world, and the […]

Introducing Basma from Morocco »

My name is Basma Lahmine and I am 20 year old senior studying at Willamette on exchange from Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Al Akhawayn University is considered as one of the best universities in Morocco.

Valentine’s Day a Wedding Hit in China »

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau says the western holiday of Valentine’s Day has become a hot date for Chinese couples to get married. The bureau said registration centers throughout Beijing are expecting three times the daily wedding average to take place on the Feb. 14 holiday, China’s official state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. A […]

The Chocolate Disco »

As many people know from Anime, Valentine’s Day in Japan is the day that girls give boys chocolate, which is the opposite of the US. There are two types of chocolates that girls will give. One is called 義理チョコ(ぎりちょこ), Giri-choco.

La Saint Valentin »

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day but I’ll try to present how this event is celebrated in France objectively. There are many theories about its origin, but if you want to learn more about this, here is a useful link:

Día de los Enamorados »

Valentine’s Day is called “Día de los Enamorados” in Chile- that means “day of the lovers”… a few years ago we didn’t celebrate it and it is an American day that we adapted in our own way through the Media. The Chilean way to celebrate this is only for couples, you go out with your […]

St. Valentine’s Day in Moldova »

On the evening of February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the citizens of Balti (the 2nd biggest city in Moldova) will light a candle for their beloved and write love messages on the walls of the Open-Air Theater. The call is a part of the action called “100 hearts – 100 confessions,” which is organized by the […]

Dia de San Valentin »

In a few days it’s coming- Valentine’s Day and many people are talking about that or if we can see the red balloons with heart shapes everywhere; but they been asking me if in Argentina we celebrate this day or not.

Freedom to Love and its Threatened »

Since we are talking in this issue about the different ways that countries celebrate LOVE, I would like to talk about the unconditional and unconventional love that can exist between people of the same sex and the unfair acts that they are subject to. Genetic or Psychological? That really does not matter. The fact is […]

Passion or profit? – Czech opinions on Valentine’s Day »


Valentine’s Day in Morocco »

After the New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is the greatest day during the year since is the day of Love. Love is that wonderful feeling that gives flavor to our lives. None of us can survive without loving and being loved. Love is necessary for the well-being of our soul. In my opinion, Love is […]